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    'Cats Ring in the New Year at Welsh-Ryan Arena vs. Chicago State

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    Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown and the Wildcats play their final nonconference game of the season Monday, hosting Chicago State.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown and the Wildcats play their final nonconference game of the season Monday, hosting Chicago State.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Dec. 27, 2012

    Northwestern (7-5)
    vs. Chicago State (1-11)
    Monday, Dec. 31 • 3 p.m.
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
    Live Stats: Gametracker
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
     
    MONDAY’S GAME
    Spend your New Year’s Eve with the Wildcats as Northwestern hosts Chicago State on Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m.! Monday’s New Year’s Eve matinee is the final nonconference game of the season for Northwestern and is one of three games this week for the Wildcats as they open the Big Ten slate Thursday.
     
    LAST TIME OUT
    Northwestern played at the New York Life Holiday Invitational Dec. 22-23 in Hempstead, N.Y., and went 1-1 against the competition. The Wildcats made a late run to come back for the 73-69 win over Ole Miss but fell to the host school, Hofstra, 63-54 in the tournament finale. NU senior forward Kendall Hackney and freshman forward Lauren Douglas were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
     
    BLOCK PARTY
    Lauren Douglas had a block party against Hofstra, swatting a career-high six blocks. Five of her six blocks came in the first half as her six blocks tie for seventh in NU single-game history, and tie for the highest single-game total of any Big Ten player this year.
     
    Douglas is tied for fourth in the Big Ten, averaging 2.0 blocks per game to help the Wildcats lead the conference with 6.2 blocks per game. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant (ninth, 1.2 blocks) and sophomore forward Alex Cohen (14th; 1.0) also rank in the top 15 in the conference.
     
    TOP DISH
    Sophomore guard Karly Roser currently leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 6.8 per game. Alexis Smith of Illinois and Iowa’s Samantha Logic are close behind in second with 6.2 per game and 6.0 per game, respectively. Roser had the fifth double-digit assist performance of her career against Ole Miss, recording 10 of Northwestern’s 17 assists. Roser finished with a double-double in that game, adding 11 points.
     
    20+ POINT PERFORMERS
    Kendall Hackney poured in 26 points against Ole Miss on an impressive 11-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The senior’s 26 points were three off her career high and are the most by any Wildcat this year. Here’s a list of the 20-point performers for NU so far this year:
     
    26 - Kendall Hackney, vs. Ole Miss
    21 - Maggie Lyon vs. UT-Martin
    20 - Kendall Hackney vs. Yale
    20 - Kendall Hackney vs. UT-Martin
    20 - Dannielle Diamant vs. Yale
    20 - Lauren Douglas vs. Central Michigan
     
    SCOUTING CHICAGO STATE
    2012-13 Record: 1-11
    All-Time Series Record: Northwestern leads, 3-2
    Of Note: Chicago State has been off of competition since Dec. 22 at Loyola but played Saturday at home vs. Southern Illinois. The Cougars dropped an 81-43 decision against the Ramblers and their lone win of the season came on Nov. 16 at home against IU Northwest. Only two players, Jackie Jones and Layne Murphy, have started all 12 games this year for Chicago State.
     
    Head coach Angela Jackson is in her 10th season with Chicago State. The Cougars are part of the Great West Conference.
     
    Northwestern hosted Chicago State during the 2010-11 season and the Wildcats captured the narrow 75-73 victory. Amy Jaeschke recorded a triple-double that game with 30 points, 10 rebounds and an NU single-game record of 10 blocks.
     
    ON THE HORIZON
    Today is the final nonconference game of the year for the Wildcats as NU turns its attention to the Big Ten Conference season. Today’s game is one of three games in a span of seven days, as the Wildcats open the conference slate on the road at No. 10 Penn State Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. NU then heads back to the road, playing at Indiana on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. The ’Cats play their first Big Ten home game against in-state rival Illinois on Thursday, Jan. 10.
     
    **All stats and records are as of Wednesday, December 26.

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